I’m really alarmed by the misinformation I see on social media right now, so here is a little simplified guide to WTF is going on.
(Edited to work better for tumblr, I originally just made screenshots for Twitter)
What is a NAZI?
Nazi is an
abbreviation for National Socialism (Nationalsozialismus) an ideology associated primarily with the 20th-century
German Nazi Party (especially while it was being led by Adolt Hitler). The idea
that National Socialism lived and died primarily through Hitler is actually a
myth propagated by post-war propaganda and Hollywood. America destroyed those
Nazis!! YAY!! – Wrong, They still exist. Although not under that name. Any
far-right groups is basically a “Nazi” party (many even used the term “National
Socialism” until a re-branding in the 80’s.
German political scientist Klaus von Beyme describes three historical phases in
the development of far-right parties in Western Europe after World War II.
1945 to the mid-1950s, far-right parties were marginalized, and their
ideologies were discredited due to the recent existence and defeat of Nazism –
because people were murdered. In droves. Like millions of people. Death camps
are REAL. 11 million people died, including 1.1 million children. Thus in the
years immediately following World War II, the main objective of far-right
parties was survival; achieving any political impact at all, was largely not
the mid-1950s to the 1970s, the so-called “populist protest phase”
emerged with sporadic electoral success. During this period, far-right parties
drew to them charismatic leaders whose profound mistrust of the political
establishment led to an “us-versus-them” mind set: “us”
being the nation’s citizenry, “them” being the politicians and
bureaucrats who were then in office; beginning in the 1980s, the electoral
successes of far-right political candidates made it possible for far-right
political parties to revitalize anti-immigration as a mainstream issue.
What does anybody in
the far right REALLY support?
politics work is that there is two sides. The right and the left. In the
middle, Liberalism and democracy.
The far-right isn’t
about the “working man” at all. That’s what the LEFT is about. The Left is ALL
about the public being in control. There is currently no major leftist parties
in power in America (Democrats are closer to the middle – center-right,
actually. They just get called the left party because nobody is).
the right really advocates is private economic ownership (aka the rich getting’
richer), racial hierarchy (whites better than everyone else) and Social
Darwinism (which is the idea that “weak” humans, aka the old, the sick, etc,
deserve to be removed. That means gradually killed. Don’t get attached to your
grandma). Extreme right-wing politicians are usually extreme nationalists
(“bringing back JOBS to AMERICANS” = eventually they will exploit you as
workers void of rights), and are opposed to immigration. They are also
profoundly chauvinistic (that means women are seen as inferior).
Is Trump a
representative of the extreme right?
definitely, since he supports all that was listed above. Loudly, too.
So, Trump isn’t
going to really help the so-called American Working Man?
even is that? Everybody American works, no matter who they are. But if you mean
that you’re a white middle class American, then you’ll get candy for a year and
then be abused just like the rest of us. You’re already losing your rights to
free information and healthcare. So, you might as well join the fight with us.
Who is Richard B.
Bertrand Spencer (born May 11, 1978) is an American white nationalist, known
for promoting white supremacist views. He is president of the National Policy
Institute, a white nationalist think-tank, and Washington Summit Publishers, an
independent publishing firm. Spencer has stated that he rejects the description
of white supremacist, and describes himself as an identitarian. He advocates
for a white homeland for a “dispossessed white race” and calls for
“peaceful ethnic cleansing” to halt the “deconstruction” of
Identitarian movement is a European political movement that started in France
in 2002 and is basically all about destroying anybody who is a shade darker
then milk. The Identitarian
movement has a close linkage to members of the German New Right, aka Neo-Nazis.
this guy is definitely a “Nazi”.
Was it ok to punch
never ok to punch someone who has not provoked you. HOWEVER, what Spencer is
doing is saying: I want to hurt people. I want to hurt people a lot. Not today.
But, tomorrow, maybe. His very existence and allegiance is a constant menace.
Picture it this way, if you met a guy in the park and he said hi, I don’t have
a gun today, but I might tomorrow, and I might come back to shoot people, would
you just ignore him? No. So in conclusion,
march peacefully, but do punch Nazis.
This is the American scale.
I really want to point this out because it’s a legitimate thing that Trump is far more extreme right than you may think. It also explains why this is a thing that happened. See, compared to many other countries in the world, my own included, the American political spectrum is offset to the right.
So what OP said about there not being an extreme left is absolutely true, there’s barely a left to begin with.
I’d like to point out that this is a recorded phenomenon in political science and not my own biased interpretation of your politics. Noam Chomsky—cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, and political activist among other things (this guy pops up in my university classes from time to time; the dude’s part of the curriculum whether that says anything to you or not)—has been pretty outspoken about this.
“… so what [Republicans have] done is mobilized sectors of the population that have always been there but have never really been politically mobilized, like Evangelical Christians, the nativists who are afraid that ‘they’ are taking our country away from us, white racists, … gun-people who are so terrified that they have to carry their guns into church because maybe somebody’ll come after them.
You know, these sectors of the population are there, and that’s now the base of the Republican party.”
So, this election night was a shocking, absolutely horrifying blow to my American friends. Even my friends here in Canada couldn’t come to terms with it. I saw panic attacks, fears about even visiting American relatives in the States again, and even a depressive loss of faith in humanity. How could this be where the world is today?
Because, it’s this gradual shift to the right that’s so insidious, that happened for a variety of complex reasons, I’m sure, that can to some make it seem like the current Republican party is a reasonable center-right party, when in actuality they are legitimately far right. And as such, able to take advantage of these small groups on the outside that have desperately wanted a podium for a long time.
So, no, you’re not imagining it, America. This isn’t normal. Punch some Nazis, if that’s what it takes.
side note: This is what we call the Overton Window and that is a really good visual of it.
It’s also important to point out that this isn’t just the United States and it never really was. Even now, because of Brexit and Trump’s election, the radical nationalist/fascist/racist/sexist/whatever end of the political spectrum is now being galvanized globally with the success and encouragement of this and aided by political echo-chambers in media, the internet, and small communities.
Nationalist movements are picking up again in France and Germany and even Canada now has at least three people running for the Conservative Party leadership on a Trump-like storm.
People like to think that the nationalist movements in other countries will eventually conflict with one another, because they’ll all be advocating for their own interests, but that is not true. Once thing people forget is that now we have global banks and corporations. It’s all a show. Right wing movements in the USA are allied through monetary interests to the movements in other nations. The rich are going to use nationalism to get richer, and they don’t care what country is doing what. They don’t even live here or there half the time anyway. They fly the world and winter in the Bahamas. They could give a shit. But I can guarantee you that they want you to think they care. Look at the financial records for anyone in the Senate. How many of them are below a million a year? How many of them own multiple properties/vehicles/travel abroad when not working?
You think the Koch brothers, who’ve been single-handedly funding right conservativism for decades don’t have international financial investments? You think they don’t also find ways to influence the politics surrounding those foreign investments? Are you that naive?